'I will be back playing all three formats,' says Ravindra Jadeja (Photo: Twitter)
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is playing the England vs India fifth Test match at the Oval, London is all determined to make his comeback in all three formats of the game for India as he feels that representing the country only in Test matches is not enough to keep him fit for international cricket. Jadeja scalped two wickets for 57 runs on day 1 of the fifth Test at the Oval as his tight bowling to the hosts impressed many.
“For me, the biggest thing is that I am playing for India and maybe someday if I do well, I will be back playing all three formats of the game soon enough. But my aim is to convert any opportunity I get into performance,” he said after stumps on day one.
“When you are playing just one format it is very tough because there is too much gap between matches and the experience (rhythm) you need to play at the international level is less. So you have to keep motivating yourself. Whenever I get a chance, like in this game, whatever ability I have, I have to give my best on the field,” he added.
The 29-year-old further said that he wants to become a trusted member of the Indian camp and is banking on his experience to do well for India again.
“Whenever I get an opportunity to play for India, I will give my best in both aspects of batting and bowling. I want to become a trusted member of the team and I can fulfill the all-rounder slot well because I have done it before in the past. It isn’t anything new to me. It is a matter of time.
“When you are going through a bad patch, you need to play more and more to regain your old form and touch. So it is possible the more I play international cricket, the better I will perform and will be able to make a comeback in all three formats, said the southpaw.
On the day 1 of the Oval Test, India came back strongly to restrict the hosts to 198 for 7 after a bright start bright openers Jennings and Cook. At one point, England were 133 for 1 and the floodgates opened after Cook was sent back by Jasprit Bumrah.
England have already won the five-match Test series as they lead by 3-1.